Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
In April 2013 my friend Jean and I undertook the 12 day Annapurna Sanctuary Trek in aid of Naomi House and Jacksplace Hospices for Children and Young Adults,
eventually arriving at the Base Camp in 4 inches of snow
I have been a fundraiser for this Charity for the past 16 years. The charity at Sutton Scotney near Winchester in Hampshire offers support and end of life care to children and young people with life limiting conditions and their families. £7m has to be raised each year for the Hospice to run, the majority of which is obtained through community fundraising.
As this was the second fundraising trek we had done in the past 2 years, I was aware that strength and stamina was important as was being psychologically prepared. The trek ranged from hundreds of steep stone steps in sub tropical conditions to difficult terrains in sub zero temperatures through avalanche chutes and ice and snow.
Apart from regular 10 mile walks, I attended the local gym twice a week undergoing a specific exercise regime designed by the instructors to suit my purpose. I also lo